Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn: A full timeline of their relationship

It was thought that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn would one day say, “I do,” but the notoriously private couple finally went their separate ways in April 2023 after more than six years together.

Here’s a breakdown of the Grammy winner and the British actor’s love story:

When they met

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn attended the 2016 Met Gala separately. Getty

Fans believe Swift and Alwyn first crossed paths when they attended the 2016 Met Gala separately. At the time, the singer was dating Calvin Harris, but he did not attend the event with her.

Swift apparently alluded to the theory in her 2017 song “Dress,” in which she sings the lyrics, “Flashback when you met me / Your buzz cut and my hair bleached.” At the party, where the theme was “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”, the actor notably attended with a shaved head, while Swift appeared with a white-blonde bob.

To this day, Swift has never confirmed that the lyrics were about Alwyn.

Putting on a show

The duo kept their relationship on the down low. Hewitt/SplashNews.com

After Swift and Harris split in the summer of 2016, she and Alwyn raised eyebrows when they were seen attending the same private Kings of Leon concert in October of that year.

At the time, a video on a fan account showed Alwyn leaving the New York venue where Swift was also with her friends Dakota Johnson, Martha Hunt, Cara Delevingne and Lily Donaldson. It is unclear if they interacted during the show.

New news

They reportedly wore disguises to hide their relationship. Edward Opi/SplashNews.com

The Sun was the first to report in May 2017 that Swift and Alwyn had been secretly dating for months.

A source told the outlet at the time that she flew to visit the England native “on private jets, and her security made it a military-like mission to prevent her from being seen.”

The source added that they both used disguises to keep the news of their relationship a secret.

Swift previously had very high-profile relationships with Harris, Tom Hiddleston, Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles, among others, before retiring from the spotlight with Alwyn.

PDA in play

The duo, seen here in 2019, first showed PDA after the 2017 Jingle Ball. GC Pictures

While they were able to stay under the radar in the beginning, the duo was finally spotted showing off some serious PDA in December 2017, further confirming their relationship.

They were photographed holding hands after Swift’s performance at Z100’s Jingle Ball. Then in March 2018, they looked very comfortable while walking in Malibu.

A witness told Page Six at the time that they “seemed very intimate and deep in conversation — despite having her bodyguard back 20 feet behind them.”

That May, Swift serenaded Alwyn during the first show of her “Reputation” tour.

Verification station

Alwyn later confirmed they were dating during an interview but remained private about any details. Best Picture / BACKGRID

In August 2018, the duo got a glimpse of their relationship when they both posed in front of the same cactus in photos posted to their respective Instagram accounts.

A month later, Alwyn finally confirmed that he was dating the country-turned-pop superstar but remained mum on any details.

“I’m aware that people want to know about that side of things,” the actor told British Vogue. “I think we’ve been successfully very private, and that’s sunk in for people now … but I really prefer to talk about work.”

Lyrical love

Swift’s 2019 album, “Lover,” likely tells the full story of her relationship with Alwyn, from her song “Cruel Summer,” which seems to allude to the early stages and having “no rules,” to the title track, in which they seems to become official as she shouts, “This is our place, we make the rules.”

She closed the album with “Daylight”, in which she suggests that she found the one with the lyrics: “I don’t want to look at anything else now that I’ve seen you / I don’t want to think about anything else. now that I’ve been thinking about you / I slept so long in a dark night of 20 years, and now I see daylight.”

Engagement rumors are swirling

Rumors started swirling in 2020 that they were engaged. 247PAPS.TV / SplashNews.com

In January 2020, the couple first sparked engagement rumors when Swift wore a massive diamond ring on her left hand in her Netflix documentary “Miss Americana.” Fans later believed that the couple actually tied the knot after she wore a wedding dress in her “Willow” music video.

However, Alwyn addressed the talk in an April 2022 interview with WSJ. Magazine, saying: “The truth is, if the answer was yes, I wouldn’t say, and if the answer was no, I wouldn’t say.”

Public comment

Swift talked about her relationship with Alwyn and how they navigate dating in public during an October 2020 interview with Paul McCartney in Rolling Stone, although she did not mention him by name.

“I think knowing him and being in the relationship that I’m in now, I’ve definitely made decisions that have made my life feel more like real life and less like just a story to be commented on in tabloids,” she said at the time . “Whether it’s deciding where to live, who to hang out with, when not to take pictures — the idea of ​​privacy feels so weird to try to explain, but it’s really just trying to find pieces of normalcy.”

She added, “That’s what that song ‘Peace’ is about. Like, would it be enough if I could never fully achieve the normalcy that we both long for?”

Cat is out of the bag

Alwyn shared with his Instagram followers that he was quarantined with Swift during the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.

Alwyn posted a photo of the singer’s cat Benjamin Button hiding in a cardboard box and in a paper bag, confirming that he and Swift enjoyed a night out together.

Swift has two other cats that have not been seen in photos named Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey.

Award winning boyfriend

Swift took a rare look at her relationship with Alwyn when she thanked him during her acceptance speech at the 2021 Grammy Awards, where she took home Album of the Year for “Folklore.”

“Joe, who’s the first person I play every song I write,” Swift said, adding, “And I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine.”

Alwyn co-wrote two songs on “Folklore”, “Exile” and “Betty”, under the pseudonym William Bowery. He also helped write the tracks “Evermore” and “Champagne Problems” on “Folklore’s” sister album, “Evermore”.

Conversations about her man

Alwyn talked about how Swift is very supportive of her acting career, specifically her role on Hulu’s “Conversations with Friends” in May 2022.

“I mean, [Taylor has] read the book and she loves the book, so she knows it,” the actor told “Extra”, referring to the sex scenes in the series. “[Taylor] just, like, couldn’t be a bigger fan of the project.”

Swift confirmed that she was behind her man’s involvement in the show by promoting “Conversations with Friends” on her Instagram Story.

“Can confirm it’s phenomenal,” she wrote.

Island kisses

Swift and Alwyn, seen here in 2020, rarely show PDA but shared a steamy session while vacationing in the Bahamas in 2022. Photographer Group/MEGA

In another rare move, the pair were spotted locking lips while enjoying a romantic getaway in the Bahamas in June 2022.

The couple is believed to have stayed in Lenny Kravitz’s Airstream trailer.

It’s a love story

They reportedly kept their engagement a secret for months. BACKGROUND BELIEF

In June 2022, The US Sun reported that Swift and Alwyn had been secretly engaged for months and only told their inner circle about the news.

“Basically immediate family and trusted, very old friends,” a source told the outlet. “They were all sworn to secrecy too.”

Alwyn allegedly gave Swift a “beautiful ring” that she only wears in private.

The source added, “They want their love to stay away from the cameras as much as possible. This is just for them. And if and when they do exchange vows, it most certainly won’t be Vogue, Rolling Stone or Hello! magazines there. “

Neither Swift nor Alwyn confirmed the report.

The love story ends

The couple called it quits in April 2023. GC Pictures

Swift kicked off her sold-out Eras Tour in March 2023, but fans couldn’t help but notice one person was missing from the crowd — Alwyn.

A few weeks later, Page Six confirmed that the couple had called it quits after more than six years together.

“It wasn’t dramatic,” the source said. “[The relationship] just ran its course.”

The sequel

Seven months after splitting, Swift and Alwyn continued to make headlines for rumors that they had secretly tied the knot before splitting – and the singer’s publicist, Tree Paine, stepped in to set the record straight.

“Enough with these made up lies about Taylor de Deuxmoi,” Swift’s rep wrote on X in November 2023. “There was NEVER a wedding or ceremony of ANY kind.

“This is crazy posting,” she continued. “It’s time for you to answer for the pain and trauma you cause with posts like this.”

That same month, fans speculated that the former couple had been on the rocks for years due to a suggestion from Jack Antonoff.

The Bleachers frontman revealed to his Instagram followers that he and Swift wrote “You’re Losing Me,” a breakup ballad believed to be about Alwyn, in December 2021.

The song, which debuted in May 2023, had lyrics about the “final blow” in a relationship that would not “rise from the ashes” again.

Swift sings about the breakup

In true Swift style, she appeared to deal with the breakup by singing about it on her album “The Tortured Poets Department,” released in April 2024.

Swifties theorized that the pop star included at least three songs about Alwyn: “So Long, London,” “LOML” and “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart.”

In “So Long, London,” Swift sings about saying goodbye to the British city where she and Alwyn lived for years.

“I left everything I knew you left me at the house by the moor,” read the lyrics, apparently referring to their private life there.

Swift also alludes to the two not being able to sort out their future together in “LOML” when she sings, “You st-talked me under the table/Talking rings and talking cradles/I wish I could un-remember how we almost had everything.”

Finally, in “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart,” Swift recalls starting her Eras Tour right before Page Six confirmed that they had broken up.

“Lights, camera, doggie, smile / Even when you want to die,” she sings, before adding, “Every piece of me shattered as the crowd chanted, ‘More!'”

Alwyn breaks his silence

Alwyn addressed the highly publicized split for the first time in an interview with the London Times published in June 2024.

“I would hope that anyone and everyone can empathize and understand the difficulties that come with the end of a long, loving, fully committed relationship of over six and a half years. That’s a difficult thing to navigate,” he told the outlet.

Alwyn admitted that their breakup was particularly “unusual and abnormal” because it was “suddenly in the public domain and the outside world can weigh in.”

“So you have something very real suddenly thrown into a very unreal space: tabloids, social media, the press, where it’s then dissected, speculated upon, pulled out of shape beyond recognition,” he continued. “And the truth is, until that last point, there will always be a gap between what is known and what is said. I’ve made my peace with that.”

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